Credential Programs

Program Application

Admissions Update

For Fall 2021 admissions, the Education department is making a one-time exception for applicants to the credential programs regarding CBEST and CSET scores. Students may submit their applications for program admission without the CBEST and CSET scores, but the Education department advises students to pass their CBEST and CSET as soon as possible and submit their passing scores to the credential office. Once we get back to a sense of normalcy, the department will set a deadline date for all passing CBEST and CSET-score submissions. Once the new deadline date is set, students must submit passing CBEST and CSET scores in order to prevent holds on their program advancement.

Additionally, for Spring 2021 admissions, the Education department is making a one-time exception for applicants to the credential programs regarding the required 45 hours of Early Field Experience verification. Students must submit all verification hours that they have accumulated up to this point by the program-admission deadline, but per the Chancellor’s Office, will not be required to submit the entire 45 hours of early field experience.

How to Apply to the Cal Poly Pomona Credential Program

  1. Candidates must complete the Program Admission Checklist and Early Field Verification Form

  2. Candidates must submit their university application as post baccalaureate students seeking a teaching credential program online at Cal State Apply

  3. Candidates must submit their program application.
  4. A copy of a Certificate of Clearance document granted by the California Commissions on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) must be submitted as part of the program admissions process.  A California Teaching Credential or Emergency Permit may be submitted in lieu of the Certificate of Clearance.  The issuance date must not exceed 5 years.  A copy of your document can be downloaded and printed online within 60 days of your application submission from the CTC website.  Please refer to the button at the bottom of the page. Any further questions may be answered by emailing the Commission Information Services Unit.

  5. All applicants must submit proof of passage of the Basic Skills Requirement by the deadline. There are several options available to verify this requirement.  Please refer to the button at the bottom of this page to access the CTC website for more information. 

  6. Subject Matter Competency is required of all students prior to program admission. Subject Matter Competency can be verified by passing the appropriate CSET at the California Educator Credentialing Assessment site (score results remain valid for 10 years from the time each subtest is passed) or by completing prescribed coursework. Students choosing the prescribed coursework option may petition for admission if 80% of prescribed coursework is complete. Access the 'Prepare page' from California Educator Credentialing Assessment site to find study guides, practice test questions, score scales, computer-based testing tutorials and more.

  7. Current Negative TB Test (offered at Student Health Center) or chest x-ray. TB clearance is valid for four years and must remain valid throughout clinical practice.

  8. Submit a statement of purpose, where you will be responding to specific prompts. Complete details are located on the program application. 

  9. If your overall GPA falls below 2.67 or if your last 60 semester or 90 quarter units are below 2.75, write a statement addressing the circumstances that contributed to your inability to meet the GPA requirement and professional experience related to the field of education since graduation from college. It must define a commitment to and potential for success in a professional teacher preparation program and the teaching profession. You must also provide a status report regarding completion of the subject matter requirements for the credential sought.

  10. The names and email addresses of two individuals who can provide a recommendation on your behalf are required. One must be completed by a university or college professor who has been your instructor. The other must be completed by a professional who has directly observed your work/interactions with youth for a minimum of 20 hours in a TK-12 setting.

  11. A copy of your Student Program Plan, which has been signed by your faculty advisor. Candidates must make arrangements with their faculty advisor to meet and complete the Multiple Subject Program Plan, Single Subject Program Plan or Education Specialist Program Plan

  12. Prior to the program admissions deadline, all Education Specialists must attend an on-campus Education Specialist Orientation. Visit the Orientation page to view dates/times/locations.

  13. All applicants participate in a group interview and on-demand writing sample. Candidates will be contacted by the Credential Services Office to make arrangements after submitting program admissions packets to the office. Program interviews remain valid for one year.

Additional information: 

Bilingual Authorization (BL) Candidates: All BL candidates must schedule an interview with the Bilingual Programs Coordinator. All interviews must be completed prior to the application deadline and additional BL items must be submitted at the time of the BL interview. Please arrange your items and schedule your interview accordingly. Program interviews remain valid for one year. 

Out-of-Country Graduates: All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a CTC approved transcript evaluation agency. Original (sealed) copies of the evaluated transcripts must be submitted to the Credential Analyst with program application documents. Please refer to the CTC website button at the bottom of this page for regulations pertaining to foreign transcript evaluation and verification.